Meal Kit Delivery: Carving Out Relevance in Food Culture

Hunker down and buckle up. Disruption in the food and beverage marketplace is well underway, headlined with the news of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, followed in short order by Albertsons’ purchase of meal kit delivery operator Plated and the IPO of another meal kit delivery company, Blue Apron, which then partially fizzles due in no small part to trademark filings relating to meal kit capabilities made by, you guessed it…Amazon. Turbulent times ahead indeed.   While meal kit delivery companies have certainly captured the imaginations of investors and the media, consumers are a different story.

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Suppliers see strong demand for ethnic fruits

US sales of mangoes, papayas and other tropical and ethnic fruits are on the rise as the country’s population becomes increasingly diverse, suppliers say. “These fruits and veggies may have been introduced by others with native cuisines from afar, but sales are growing and growing beyond ethnic demographics,” said Mary Ostlund, marketing director for Brooks Tropicals.

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